Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Hiya Everyone,
This is Shannon here, posting because im tired of telling mum to do a post to let everyone know that YES she is still around, LOL.
So now she will be reading this and thinking you cheeky girl (ahh is that my phone ringing now....).
I even added a pretty new border for her in an effort to co-erse her back into BLOGLAND !
SO C'MON GIRLS leave her a message tellin' her to get her butt into gear ok!
Sorry mummsy but it had to be done.....HA HA HA (just remember all those prezzies i just gave you..)
Luv Shann xxxx

Saturday, June 7, 2008

More Pressies

I was lucky enough to win the Mother's Day Giveaway held by Bek of beks shabby dreams, which arrived a couple of days ago, but I just haven't had a chance to post the pics until now.
What a sweetie she is, look at how prettily the parcels are wrapped, lots of lovely pink organza ribbon too.

Inside, one of Bek's own creations, a lovely pink rose air-freshener cuppie, with the most divine rose fragrance. More of Bek's goodies, her own sweet sugar cubes & hearts, just covered in pretty glass glitter, all inside a pretty organza bag. Plus a pretty pink sachet of Evening Tea & Sugar, Cath Kidston Bath Melts & the prettiest shopping list/pad to put on my fridge (it has magnets on the back) with the most gorgeous pink rose on each page. Oh, and there was also a little pressie for Shann. How sweet is that?

Thanks so much Bek, I love it.
You are so very sweet.

Hugs, Coll :-}

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WOOHOO, I got a swop parcel!!!

This morning I came home from work to find a parcel from the States on my kitchen bench. For all you who don't know, I work 21 hour shifts, so I was away all night. If a parcel arrives my DH leaves it out for me, often with a cryptic note, like "what have you bought now"?
Anyhoo, I checked this parcel, it's from the States.
Now, I know I haven't bought anything from you gals recently, so this is very mysterious. Turning over the parcel, what do I see. It's from Joan of Joan's Journey's, my Parasol & Paper Swap partner.
She did email to say she had posted my parcel, getting in early because of new bubbies & stuff (helloo, Sydney Ann).
So, here in all their glory are my gorgeous swap items. Joan, they are sooo lovely, how did you know I would love all these pretties.
Isn't it so exciting, look at all that pretty rosey paper & a card, addressed to me.
Such a pretty card & envelope, with roses, & the prettiest (pink of course) little scrapping book, with a PINK PARASOL, & a pretty pink fridge magnet. Joan thinks the lady looks a bit like a parasol. I think so too.
Parcel number 2 held these goodies, gorgeous little French style booklet/journal. I shall keep this in my bag, I am always scribbling down stuff. A lovely mini photo album (yep, we still do have photos), just beautiful, & darling little napkins. I love the chocolate brown & pink combination, gorgeous. Can you read what it says? "So many chocolates, so little time". A girl after my own heart, is Joan.
Is this not the most gorgeous pile of goodies. Thank you so much Joan. Everything is just beautiful, I love it (big smiles).
I know you were early, but now, like the White Rabbit said, I feel late. (Hmmm, now where did I put that paper I was putting in with the Parasol... heck, where is the Parasol?)
Just kidding Joan.
Hugs, Coll :-}

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Prayers to our friends in the States

Hi Everyone,

We just wanted to send our prayers, blessings & love to all our friends in the States who have been affected by the terrible storms over the last couple of days. We have been watching the news on TV & were overcome by the devastation & heartbreak, in particular we saw film of Oklahoma, which distressed us greatly. We can't begin to imagine how you all must be feeling at this terrible time. Our hearts go out to all the people, particularly our blogging friends, who are affected by these terrible storms. May the Lord watch over you all.

Love & Blessings

Coll & John

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mother's Day, a little late

I know it's a bit late, but, better late than never, as they say in the classics. (Who is "they" anyway? or is that are they)? Oh, who cares.

Anyhoo, we all had a wonderful Mother's Day at my house. Unfortunately, my two eldest granddaughters couldn't come as they were both working at their part-time jobs. Alexandra, 17, is still in high school (her last year) & Rebecca (19) is at University studying Nursing. They are gorgeous, hard-working girls & I did miss them.

But, my lovely 15 yr old granddaughter Jessica (she prefers Jess) was with us & the twin terrors, Mr Sam & Miss Kaitlyn. My darling eldest daughter Tracey, Kaitlyn's Mum was here, my sweet SIL Todd was back from working in Darwin, and of course, Shannon & Shane.

We all had a great time, the weather was TERRIBLE, cold & wet, but who cares. Although, we were going to the lake to feed the ducks & the geese. Oh well, maybe sometime soon.

We ate a lot, drank some Champagne (just us Mums of course) & had a bit of a giggle. AND, I got some lovely pressies.

Shannon made me a gorgeous box for my bits-n-pieces, covered in beautiful papers, flowers, vintage buttons & the cutest lil birdie (can you see him). She also painted me a lovely sign to hang on my wall & I got CHOCOLATES TOO(yummm). Mr Sam made me a gorgeous tissue box cover (he knows Nanny can't ever be without tissues), with maybe a LITTLE help from Mum. Dont'cha love it?

Tracey & Todd & the girls gave me heaps of the MOST GORGEOUS teatowels for my new kitchen, all colour matched, pink-n-pretty, with cuppies & sodas & stripes & things. I don't think I want any of them to get dirty, they're just too pretty.

Not only that, they also gave me MICHAEL BUBLE'S latest CD. We are going to see him in exactly 10 days!! Am I excited? You betcha!!

12 rows from the front!! WOOHOO!! (oops, excuse me).

And, of course, Shannon & Tracey, when they get together, are just as bad as the littlies, always up to something.

Wonder what these two were up to while the grown ups weren't watching?

And, I know Shannon wants me to put this on my blog, even if she didn't say so (I hate all my photos). She looks gorgeous, anyway. (Do you think maybe the sepia hides my wrinkles?)
Hope you all had as wonderful a Mother's Day as I did.

Hugs, Coll :-}

Saturday, May 10, 2008

How many makes a collection? And how many collections can you have before you get certified?

Before I start, yep, I know I've been absent for awhile. Did you miss me? Just had a little break because of a couple of health issues bothering me & also doing extra shifts at work due to staff shortages, so not too well & verrrry tired make me a mite touchy (lol) & I hibernate a little

Anyhoo, got to doing a bit of moving "stuff" around this week, now that the house is mostly back to normal & I realised that I have more "collections" than I thought.

First, there's my gravy/sauce boats. This is 3 of my favourites, but I'm fairly sure that at last count there was 26. But, in my defence, I have been collecting them for about 20 years. I'm a bit choosy now though, they really have to be worth it.

Then there's the cherubs. It wasn't until I started unpacking again after the reno that I realised how many I have. If you count the ones in pics & on boxes, I think it's about 18. That's not many, is it? I'll bet there's lots of you with more than that.

Gorgeous trios, well, I don't think they should be classified as a collection, you can never have too many. Who knows who might pop in for tea & scones. Oh, & teapots of course. Gotta have teapots to go with them.

Sadly, I have just discovered that I'm acquiring a couple more collections (giggle). Pretty little Prayer Ladies (ok, I admit it, I'm addicted), gorgeous footed egg vases (there's a couple more of both in transit) & divine rose display plates for my walls. And the sweetest teapot next to my prayer ladies that I just bought from the lovely Alicia at Time Worn Style. Isn't it gorgeous.

I'd better stop there, if I keep looking around I might find out that I really AM ADDICTED TO COLLECTING. I wonder if there's a name for the complaint? Do I need a doctor? A phsychiatrist? Or maybe just more room for more collections (hee hee).

Have a wonderful weekend. Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums.

Hugs, Coll :-}

PS: Please excuse the big spaces, the more I tried to fix it, the messier blogger made it. Aaarrgghh!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

From Disaster, to Dynamic!

FROM THIS................................................................................................................TO THIS!! TA DA!!

So, after almost ten days of having non-stop tradesmen in the house, things are almost back to normal.

I love, love, love my new kitchen, timber flooring & my gorgeous new carpet. Everything goes beautifully together.

But what a nightmare. Girls, if you are thinking of renovating, I reckon you should just buy a new house (lol). Even though we had no choice in the matter, I would definately leave home next time & just leave 'em to it!

We've built a couple of times, but actually living in it & having most of your possessions piled up in one room all the time (almost 2-1/2 months) is not recommended.

Now anyone who has been through it knows that nothing ever goes right, eh.

The tradies didn't turn up on time, which is in the rules, I know.

The kitchen removal people banged on the wall so hard, that things on the bathroom wall (behind the kitchen) started jumping off into the bath. Luckily nothing broke.

The new cooktop, when unpacked, had a huge ding in it. New one delivered next day, after much yelling from me down the phone. Not like me at all really (hee hee).

The kitchen cabinet manufacturers forgot 2 doors (oops, we forgot to count them).

The flooring man arrived with the wrong colour timber - red oak! Can you imagine that with Raspberry coloured benchtops. ERK!!! So, more yelling down the phone (I'm getting good at this by now) & another express delivery, from the boss this time. I must be getting REALLY good at it. So, Pale Oak arrives & it's right.

At least the carpet was the right colour (lol).

Anyhoo, I'm pretty sure it's over, all the rubbish has been taken away & I've unpacked lots of my pretties, but still a way to go. Maybe I've got too much stuff? Nah, no way (giggle).

My shelving above the fridge, not finished decorating it yet, still needs more stuff (lol) & lovely timber flooring.

My dining area, don't ya just loooove the carpet.
No more concrete, oh happy day. My poor old arthritic knees are very thankful.
So, I hope you all like it. I know Raspberry coloured benchtops aren't for everyone, but they look gorgeous with all the white. And did you notice the Raspberry Roses on the cabinet handles, what more could a girl want.
Happy Weekend Everyone.
Hugs, Coll :-}